What Is Marriage? What Is a Family?

Section Quiz

Sociologists tend to define family in terms of

  1. how a given society sanctions the relationships of people who are connected through blood, marriage, or adoption
  2. the connection of bloodlines
  3. the status roles that exist in a family structure
  4. how closely members adhere to social norms

Hint:

A

Research suggests that people generally feel that their current family is _______ than the family they grew up with.

  1. less close
  2. more close
  3. at least as close
  4. none of the above

Hint:

C

A woman being married to two men would be an example of:

  1. monogamy
  2. polygyny
  3. polyandry
  4. cohabitation

Hint:

C

A child who associates his line of descent with his father’s side only is part of a _____ society.

  1. matrilocal
  2. bilateral
  3. matrilineal
  4. patrilineal

Hint:

D

Which of the following is a criticism of the family life cycle model?

  1. It is too broad and accounts for too many aspects of family.
  2. It is too narrowly focused on a sequence of stages.
  3. It does not serve a practical purpose for studying family behavior.
  4. It is not based on comprehensive research.

Hint:

B